News | Tuesday, 9th July 2019

How to get your career goals on track this summer…

Our advice on making the most of your summer!

Summer’s here! It’s finally time to breathe a sigh of relief and revel in your freedom before it’s time for term to start again, or to start thinking about what’s next after uni life.

If you have some free time during your break, why not use it to be productive by doing little things with your time that could make a big difference to your future.

Whether it’s for your own development, to earn money or to gain experience, we’ve listed some ways you could invest some time this summer which could help with your next steps after uni life, and how to do them.

Earn while you learn

Have you planned a list of activities to do this summer, but your bank balance is looking a little sparse? Then why not find yourself a part-time job? Whether the job is in an area you want to pursue a career in, or is just somewhere to earn some extra cash, working can help to build those all-important transferable skills employers look for.

It also has other benefits; it demonstrates that you have taken the time to gain some work-place practice to future employers, gives you great experience to use on your CV and in interviews…and all that comes with some extra cash too!

So, where do you find these opportunities? There are many ways to begin your part-time job search, and we even have our own handy site to save you trawling the web. Use CareerHub to find part-time job roles to suit you.

We also have our very own part-time jobs on campus team, who have multiple roles available for you to work on campus at Manchester Met.

Do something to be proud of

Another way to be productive with your time is to do something rewarding. Why not get involved in volunteering?

By donating a small amount of your time to a community project or cause, you can boost your skills and gain experience, show an employer you have gone above and beyond, and above all, be a part of something which helps your community.

You can go about working as a volunteer in a charity or organisation many ways. The Union at Manchester Met has a volunteering opportunities portal where can browse a range of positions available.

Boost your digital, enterprise and employability skills for free

iDEA is the Duke of York’s Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free!

Through a series of online challenges, you can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and ultimately, gain industry recognised awards that help you stand out from the crowd.

As well as being fun, you will also receive a certificate that helps you show off what you have learned and could, when the time comes, help you secure the job you want.

Get some industry work experience

Whether you know what you want to do or are still deciding, getting some experience working in the sector you’re thinking about is great to help you get a better idea of your future, to make connections, and give you that all important work experience future employers are looking for.

From set course yearlong sandwich placements, to one-week long internships, it all helps to boost your employability whilst earning money.

You can find work experience, placement and internship opportunities on CareerHub! If you have an idea of where you’d like to gain work experience over the summer, sending out speculative emails to companies can also be a good idea that shows initiative.

Ready, set, apply

Graduating this summer? This is the perfect time to put that shiny new degree of yours to good use and get that grad job you’ve been dreaming of! Whether you’re ahead of the game, or are just starting to think about what you want to do after a summer break, we’ve got the tools to help you.

Did you know that you can still access careers support for life on our digital platforms? CareerHub allows you to search for job roles, take a look at events, ask a career question and more! Plus, through CareerHub you can access MMyou Careers Centre, where you have exclusive access to a wealth of resources at your fingertips such as interview simulators, CV builders, tutorials and more.

Don’t forget, though, if you’re graduating this summer, you need to reset your password to access this great resource!

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